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support the ukrainian authorities restore the economic situation. retrial, republican lawmakers reopen the benghazi files after a conservative watch dog group obtains a memo. why wasn't that memo included in the previous white house document dump? >> the military, the cia, the cia station chief, the state department, all of them, the facts, mr. chairman, the facts do not point to a video. that only comes from the white house. what was going on in the room, general? our people are under attack. there are people dying. what is the military doing? >> last words. 55 days after malaysia airlines flight 370 disappeared families are hearing for first time what could be the final transmissions from the cockpit.
>> 1-2-0, good night. >> good night, malaysia 370. good day, i'm andrea mitchell in washington. the heavy rain has finally stopped but the relentless downpour left behind a path of destruction. record flooding and sinkholes from the panhandle to the mid-atlantic states. crews used boats to rescue trapped riders who took refuge on top of a city bus. in baltimore, the water swpt away a road dumping cars on pt railroad tracks below. in pensacola, flooding may have caused a gas explosion that caused a jail to collapse killing to two inmates overnight. gabe gutierrez is outside the jail and joins me now. gabe, there's a lot of confusion
as to what happened and how many were injured or rescued from this collapsed jail. tell us the latest. >> andrea, good afternoon, we have received conflicting and confusing information from county officials throughout the morning. initially we were told two inmates were con fermed dead and everyone else was accounted for. recently within the past hour or so, we've heard from the county sheriff who says that two people are confirmed dead but that three people are unaccounted for. we don't know if those three are whether they escaped or whether they are in the hospital. we're hoping to find out more information in an afternoon news conference with possibly an atf official which is now part of the investigation. let me step out of the way here we're getting a closer look at the damage. this explosion happened around 11:00 last night. more than 100 people were injured. they were taken to local hospitals, we're told that most of them have minor injuries and
investigators are still trying to figure out exactly what caused this. this building suffered extensive flooding yesterday and investigators are trying to figure out what role that plaled in this apparent gas explosion, but the latest here is that two inmates are confirmed dead. right now the latest information we have is that three of them are unaccounted for and we do not know if those three unaccounted for, if they could be among the dead, that there could be more fatalities, we don't know if the inmates may have escaped and we don't know whether they are in the hospital. andrea, back to you. >> thanks so much for the latest from florida. for the first time in the 55 days since the malaysian airlines jet went missing, families are hearing what could be the final communication from the cockpit. the malaysian government just released cockpit audio recordings and new detailed timeline. tom costello has more.
>> good afternoon, malaysia is urging family members of those missing on flight 370 to go home, not to hang out or camp out any longer in kuala lumpur. go to the comforts of their home in beijing or whatever to await word. that said, the malaysians have now released this time line and there's something striking about it. let's look at what it looks like here. at 12:41 a.m., flight 370 departed kuala lumpur. we knew that already. that was part of the record at 1:19 it was handed to vietnam he's air traffic controllers and 1:21 it disappeared from radar. 1:37 a.m. controllers began inquiring about where is the missing plane. a 17-minute gap from when it was last -- when it disappeared from radar to the time controllers in vietnam said wait a minute we haven't seen this plane, where is it? and this is the most concerning lapse, a four-hour gap until
5:30 in the morning before the search and rescue center was activated. with that as the timeline here are the final words, you're going to hear them and they are very u teen and common air traffic conversation between the controlling and pilot. >> malaysian 370 maintaining level 350. malaysian 370. malaysian 370 maining level 350. >> malaysian 370. malaysian 370 contact up good night. >> good night malaysia 370. >> what happened there? >> it was a very normal conversation. the only thing that was abnor l abnormal, the pilot said twice he's maintaining 35,000 feet and very normal for the controller to say i'm handing you off to ho
chi minh city control. this is the cargo manifest and tells us what was in the cargo hold and here's what it is, kourier material, letters and fedex packages and things like that potentially, also a fruit was on board being sold or shipped to beijing and then consolidated cargo, we believe electronics gear and that included lithium ion batteries although they make it clear they were packaged and shipped according to regulations. in other words there had been concern over the years lithium ion batteries can catch fire but they make a point of saying they were packaged appropriately. so not a whole heck of a lot new on these pieces of information provided by the malaysian government as to what happened to flight 370. the search continues off the coast of australia. we still now eight weeks nearly into this missing plane have not yet heard or seen a single piece of wreckage, not a single floating piece of debris despite
this massive search that's been conducted on the search on the ocean surface as well as in the air and of course as you know, bluefin, 21, the underwater submersible that's looking for signs of debris so far has come up empty after finishing first search zone. back to you. >> tom, we're also seized with this because there has been such a mystery. there have been precedents where we don't find out what has happened to a plane and eventually we do and they are rare. what about the families? this seems to be an indication when they are being told go home, there isn't a great expectation they are going to find anything any time soon? >> that's exactly right. the malaysians have been on the record for some time saying they don't believe the people on board this plane will ever be found alive, that this is a search and hopefully at some point recovery mission. many of the families of course were reluctant to embrace that because they didn't want to give
up hope that their loved one is dead. now the malaysians are saying, we're two months into this and don't have any evidence -- nearly two months. any evidence of where the plane went over than those faint satellite pings provided by the british satellite company and until we find something, it's probably best that you leave the hotel room that you're staying in, malaysian government has been providing hotel rooms and go home to the comforts of your own home. when we find something, we'll let you know, the australians are on the record saying it could take six to eight months until they continue or complete the search zone with the under water submersibles. >> tom costello, thank so much for that complete briefing. we appreciate it. >> benghazi is back in the news today a day after conservative wat watchgroup obtained a memo and the memo outlines az long list
of possible questions and answers. a question she should be asked and answers of foreign policy that she could provide on israel, iran and a lot of other things, but benghazi was on list. they were trying to spin the cause of the strategy and minimize foreign policy missteps. house republicans today see this as a smoking gun memo. >> do they ever tell you to go save the people in benghazi? >> not to my knowledge, sir. >> we didn't run to the sound of the guns. they were issuing press releases. we had americans dying. we had dead people wounded people and our military didn't try to engage in the fight. would you disagree with that? >> four individuals died and we
did not sporespond in time to g there. >> could we have? >> the gentleman's time has expired. go ahead. >> we may have been able to but we'll never know. >> joining me now for a daily fix, david gregory, moderator of "meet the press" who asked questions of then ambassador rice and the rest is history as we say. this is the memo and we'll put it up on the screen. the white house is pushing back very hard saying it wasn't benghazi memo. but clearly this was preparing susan rice to go on television on sunday to go on "meet the press" and talk about they knew that benghazi was going to be a key question. on page two, the guidance was to underscore that these protests are rooted in an internet video and not a broader failure of policy. so there was a very contentious briefing yesterday and the briefing is underway and hasn't
gotten to benghazi yet today. this is reopening this issue. where do we stand? is this -- are the facts settled and is this a political issue for republicans or is this a real question? >> certainly it's a political issue but i don't know everything is settled. i think it's confusing and there are conflicts and that's part of all of this. -- >> i want to say, the white house briefing, jay carney was just asked about this and we can get you to respond. >> i'm happy to cooperate in any way that congress wants. we have provided every bit of information that we have -- >> right. >> that e-mail was not provided? >> have you heard the e-mail, jim? >> i have it in front of me. >> here's the thing. back a year ago now roughly when republicans on capitol hill were feeding information to reporters about what was in a bunch of e-mails that had been given to congressional investigators, feeding false information about what was in those e-mails and in
those talking points that were produced by the cia, we voluntarily released all of the information regarding those talking points causing these organizations to have to correct what they reported because it turned out to be false because they were lied to by folks on capitol hill about what was contained within them. you've seen the deputy director of the cia testify repeatedly, including last week that he produced those -- the cia produced those talking points and made the decisions about what ultimately would go in the talking points. and that he felt no political influence from the white house or anywhere else about what should go in, the talking points that were such a focus of conversation. talking points that were provided to both members of congress and by this administration to our representative who was going out on the sunday shows to talk about benghazi and everything
else that was happening in the muslim world at the time, which included huge protests outside of numerous diplomatic facilities. violent protests that included scaling of walls and taking down the american flag. molotov cocktails and the like. the talking points that ambassador rice used again produced by the intelligence community four members of congress and in the interest of having everybody use the same information used by by ambassador rice were divulged and like so many of the conspiracy theories promulgated from republicans, this one turned out to be bogus, right? the documents released in -- through a request from the state department that include the e-mail you're talking about are explicitly about the broader
areas separate from the attack on benghazi -- >> talking points, it talks about the goal being to underscore the protests are rooted in an internet -- >> did you say protests? you said protests, right? >> read the talking points. they are about -- q and a about protests happening everywhere. >> at that time that was -- this this administration's explanation as to what happened. >> no, no, let's just get to the facts here, okay. so the cia talking points -- currently available administration suggests they were spontaneously inspired in cairo and evolved into an attack against the consulate. and that led to talking points
that were a discuss for some time that produced another dry hole in the effort to prove a conspiracy by republicans. as mike morrell, deputy cia doctors and others have testified, this was testified about what was -- the currently information suggests, a lot of it was murky then and some turn the out to be different from what an analyst thought was a case at the time was something we discussed repeatedly. the fact of the matter is and i would encourage you too go back and look at what was happening and how -- what was being reported during that entire week, is that there were potentially dangerous and violent and even fatal protests happening at facilities everywhere. so there was these basic toplines about that.
on the specific issue of the benghazi attack. our representative relied on points provided to congress and to administration that were produced by the intelligence community and i feel like we've been through that. is there nothing -- there's nothing in the e-mails yesterday. if the e-mail you're talking about had been -- if you had seen it earlier, what would you have said? it doesn't have a barg on the cia talking points that we released because republicans were staffers on the hill were feeding them to some reporters and falsely characterizing them and we felt it was necessary to set the record straight. voluntarily, we -- >> jay carney, again, trying to explain what he has not been able to explain, what the white house has had difficulty explaining in the last 24 hours, why this memo was not released
at the same time as the others. >> right. >> finally under pressure released all of the other documents. they didn't release this memo and this is a typical briefing memo for an official going out on sunday television to face you, david on "meet the press" and answer questions about a lot of things. one paragraph, another one we didn't put up on the screen to suggest to rice, what is your response to the independent story, independent newspaper in london, that says we have intelligence, 48 hours in advance of the benghazi attack that was ignore. was this an intelligence failure? the answer that it suggests she provide is we're not aware of any actionable intelligence indicating that an attack in benghazi was planned or imminent. the currently available information suggests that the dmoen stragss were spontaneously inspired by the protest in cairo and evolved into an attack against the u.s. consulate and an nex. part of the controversy is they
knew at the time that there weres there was contradictory information from the intelligence community that it was a spontaneous or planned protest at the consulate in benghazi by this organization that was affiliated with al qaeda or supported al qaeda. so there is a conflict there. >> look, i think at the end of this it's important to ask the fundamental question, did the government fail to call this attack what it was when they knew what it was? which was a terrorist attack. we were months before the election and was there an attempt to say we got a strong president, strong on terrorism, we don't want to do anything that undermines that. let's soft cell this. this been at the root of this. as to the question of transparency and why wasn't this memo released before to me if the request is related to benghazi, the first -- two of
the four goals is about again gaz zi, it's clear from the programs, including "meet the press," we were going to talk to susan rice about benghazi. it seems odd they wouldn't have released this. there is a conflict between the intelligence community saying a spontaneous attack and what they are saying here, it was rooted in an internet video. was that a leap too far? the cia chief testifying last month that was not the case about the video. but clearly the talking points indicated that the video was involved. there's some conflict here obviously in how the administration was discussing all of this. i think there are -- the question is still do we know everything we need to know. and the broader debate, andrea, there will be some who will debate, did the government did everything they could to save four americans killed. bigger debate hillary clinton will face, this is what happens when you invade a country and then decide to have a light
footprint afterwards when things go side ways and become chaotic, was the policy wrong to have such a light footprint. that's the stepback question. >> exactly. in fact, the general, the brigadier general from the africa command, they were stationed in germany, italy or germany, didn't have a forward basing. they were hours and hours away. that's one of the takeaways. have we improved security at these consulates and embassies? have they met that obligation since? >> that's an ongoing question and something that the administration has conceded and their independent review conceded that security was totally lacking, was not -- was not up to it. again, the reality is, not only the question of whether this was an intelligence failure, whether on 9/11 of all days, the government was not appropriately prepared for the prospect of a terror attack. >> that is a seriously -- >> system a question that i
think -- >> strong criticism. >> when this gets into the political arena, you go off in lots of different directions about who's tough on television, who's soft on 200terrorism. we can focus on areas of conflict that arise and get to the bottom of the conflicts. to me today the question is as you look at this e-mail, it is clearly an attempt by a foreign policy aide to show the president in the best light and make sure the u.s. ambassador is arguing that the strength and sted fast and stedyness in dealing with difficult challenges. they are trying to protect this president before political attack months before an election. that's not unusual but not often pretty to look at. when you look into this context of national security. >> one other thing, last week hillary clinton was in sedona at john mccain's institute at the private gathering but doing the mccain -- annual mccain foreign
policy review. and she sort of road tested the chapter on benghazi she's writing in her book and talked to this audience about benghazi. she's still grappling with it as she writes her book. >> as these things come up and new revelations and questions if we didn't get complete answers, there are going to be questions about was this deceit, tunnel vision? these questions are going to continue. >> david gregory, thank you so much. >> started it all in the first place. this place. that's why i got a new windows 2 in 1. it has exactly what i need for half of what i thought i'd pay. and i don't need to be online for it to work. it runs office, so i can do schedules and budgets and even menu changes. but it's fun, too -- with touch, and tons of great apps for stuff like music, 'cause a good playlist is good for business. i need the boss's signature for this. i'm the boss. ♪ honestly ♪ i wanna see you be brave
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thank you so much. i know you grew up as a lakers fan in l.a. but say sterling was widely known for his bad we behaviors. tell me about the history of sterling? >> anyone who is familiar with donald sterling or specifically especially los angeles area, he had a really bad reputation, reputation as a womanizer and someone who was really stingy, see lawsuits against him because of slum load housing and things of that nature. it was probably -- i would say the worst kept secret in the nba i ran into him a few times when i was out and about and always known as the kind of person who didn't have friends and really wanted to not engage in conversation with. he was not a good guy. so for this to be happening this way, you know, i'm a big believer in karma. i'm not surprised. it was just when it was going to happen. it's documented. he has a history of being someone who is a womanizer and
quite frankly a racist. here we are years later he's caught on tape and it's almost as if it's define justice the way it played out. >> let me share with our viewers what you know all too well, what the parts we can do on television, cleaning it up, from ruth marcus's column where he says, she says, is there anything i can do to make you feel better? after he's explained about her -- the pictures she put on instagram. if it makes you happy i'll remove the black people in my instagram. he refuses to be play indicated and comes off like a grumpy grandpa accustomed to getting my way. if my girl can't do what i want, i don't want the girl. i'll find a girl that will do what i want. he knows, market forces operate in his favor. the supply of beautiful young
women exceeds the demand from wealthy trols. well said. >> that sounds about right. he -- this young lady that we're talking about in question, she's changed her name a few times, she's going on record saying that donald sterling was only a good friend of hers and that there was no real relationship there and that he was just a friend. but again, i've said this before, i don't know friends who buy luxury apartments and range roefrs and bentleys. there was some type of relationship there that many people knew about. he was known as a man who would have a lot of young ladies on his arms. always in the front row of the clippers games and that was something people did. they looked away. you describe that relationship or things that he's talked about. people looked away, i believe, because the clipper organization was never an organization that people took seriously. it was always the other team. the clippers didn't really
matter until recently. they were never in contention. los angeles has always been lakers, always. it's -- and it's still lakers despite a down year. that's why people allowed this man, i believe behave the way he has behaved for so long. which is really a sad commentary on our society. >> carrie champion, from "first take", thanks for being with us. >> you're welcome. >> overseas the imf has approved a loan package for kiev, to help ukraine get back on its feet and withstand pressure from russia. i spoke to christine lagarde about all of this earlier today. >> let's talk about ukraine, the imf has taken this step of approving the $17 billion for two years of loans. 3 billion immediately distributed made available to ukraine. how will this help the kiev government?
i think it will help them significantly. number one, there were clearly in need of urgent help financially, number two it will support them in their determination to reform the economy with the imf support, but also with -- we hope international support coming from other sources such as other international financial institutions and hopefully other countries as well that will rally to help and support the ukrainian authorities the economic situation. >> at the same time, there are other challenge is military and they now acknowledge they lost control of two key provinces in eastern ukraine. as long as they lose control of eastern ukraine, effective control and that is the industrial base, how can their economy ever really recover? >> you know, with the ukraine
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over the program, it's clear. >> doesn't russia really have a strangle hold over ukraine because of energy, because of the pipeline, because of its connections do say nothing of the military? but economically, doesn't it really control the future of ukraine? >> the two -- again, there are two channels of contamination or contagion. one is the trade channel because about 25% of ukraine exports go to russia, that's one. and the second is the energy channel which does not only effect ukraine but others given the transit post that ukraine is concerning gas -- some of the gas that goes out of russia to the european countries goes through ukraine. there are anchors of risk in the
whole situation, yeah. >> i want to talk to you about sanctions and in this instance the sanctions were criticized for being weak because primarily because of reluctance by some european institutions and certainly global companies like bp and other companies that have big investments in russia. pressure on the governments and on u.k. and germany and france, no matter what the leaders want to do, they are somewhat con strained by their own economies. can sanctions really work as they are rach eted up so incrementally just taking a big view of the effect on russia? >> what we have heard the authorities say so far is that there would be several steps and we're clearly the first and possibly second steps of the sanctions they have decided. so that's point new one. point number two, there are consequences arising out of the sanctions that have been taken.
if you look at the monetary policy of russia, it has had had to change. if we look at the volume of investment, i would be very surprised if there is foreign direct investment in russia. if you look at the capital flows out of russia to the rest of the world, it has been quite significant in the last three months or so. if you look at the forecast for growth, not just the imf forecast but the russian forecast itself, it is clearly being revised downwards. our own projection is certainly much lower than anticipated only six months ago. we have revisited down to .2% for this year and 1% for next year and that 1%, which is fairly low, is based on the assumption that the geopolitical tensions are resolved gradually over time. >> you know vladimir putin and attend these g-7 -- were g-8 meetings before the crisis and you've met with him and negotiated across the table.
what do you think his end game is? >> that i really -- i really don't know. what i know about him, he's a very thorough, well briefed, very detailed person and to give you an example, any time i observed him and any time i had to work from across from him, he was completely knowledgeable about the matter he was dealing with without any note and support he's someone who certainly looks into issues from a broad perspective and knows the issues but what his end game is, i don't have a clue. >> do you think this crisis could end up affecting europe's economy, america's economy and global economy if it continues? >> well, if it was to continue and if it was to escalate, it
would certainly have an effect of not only the russian economy and the neighboring economics but also the partners of russia. so it did -- it could be -- it could be a very negative -- could have a negative impact on the fragile recovery that we are so much in need of. >> christine lagarde, thank you so much for joining us from the imf. >> thank you. >> elsewhere in africa today, secretary kerry is in ethiopia at the african union meeting and speaking out against the terror group that terrorized nigeria and outraging families and supporters of more than 200 girls kidnappeded from their school two weeks ago. there were marches yesterday protesting against nigerian government in action. they were taken by a group -- kbirlsz were taken by a group opposed to western education.
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was traveling all day yesterday and the prison hasn't quite gotten the call completed yet but i hope to speak to him today. >> what do you want to know from the state about the procedures used on locket and what they are prepared to do should the execution be rescheduled and go forward? >> before any execution can go forward in oklahoma, we have to have full transparency on the process and truly independent investigation into what went wrong on tuesday night. not an investigation conducted by the governor's own people, the department of public safety and the attorney general. and we also need an an independent autopsy, including one by a pathologist that we can know there's objectivity in the process. and you know, since the end of february, we have been asking for transparency about the drugs that are being used in these executions. oklahoma used a completely new cocktail of drugs on tuesday night and we still don't know
anything beyond the names of those drugs and supposedly what the dosages were to be. >> one of the problems -- the legal barriers you face is the supreme court taylor writing in that opinion that the plaintiffs have no more right to the information they requested than if they were being executed in the electric chair, no right to know whether og and e or pso the utilities were providing the electricity, being hanged they would have no right to know whether it be cotton or nylon rope or executed by firing squad, whether it be winchester or remmington ammunition. there's obviously a difference between lethal drugs and those other means of killing someone. how do you deal with this when the supreme court of oklahoma has so ruled? >> well, that decision came after an enormous amount of bullying from the oklahoma legislature and the oklahoma governor and i think we all need to keep that in mind. it's also a really disingenuous
statement given there's a fundamental different between a bullet and cocktail of narcotic and other medicines. the nature of those drugs has a profound impact on the effect of those drugs on a human being. unless we know what the drugs are and how they were made, whether they are pure, safe and effective and also how they are being administered and whether the people administering them know what they are doing. then we can't know whether that execution will comport with the constitution's requirements that executions not inflict undo pain and suffering. >> thank you for clarifying that. thanks for being with us today. >> thanks, andrea. >> c-span founder brian lam joins me with his time with host of book notes and q and a. if i can impart one lesson to a
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by the way, there are no pictures in your book. >> no pictures. >> why not? >> both my editor and i simultaneously agreed there should be no pictures. and that's because we wanted people to lose themselves in the narrative. >> brian lamb in 2010 talking to wilkinson about her book. for 25 years the c-span founder conducted more than 1300 interviews as host of "q and a" and booknotes. lamb put together a collection of some of the most memorable conversations, "sundays at eight." and he joins me now. brian, this book is so wonder any brought -- brings together 25 years of your amazing interviews and he had ited in a fashion these are your notes. tell us why you think they are
so special. >> by and large they are so special because you do this every day, get an hour with one person. you're looking for a good story about either their lives or the subject that they are writing about it and it's a fantastic experience. there's nothing like it and we do the books so we can share with people who haven't had time to spend a whole hour with them. >> the fact you can take the time to really explore ideas with your guests in a much longer and deeper fashion than those of us who have to go from topic to topic, you have that hour, sunday night and it's what we treasure. i'm thinking about in the book some of the most memorable interviews. christopher, let me share with the viewers, when he talked about his health, he was incredibly challenged by the cancer and he said never put off writing a letter to someone in distress. it's always appreciated. i'm not asking for more people to write to me but if they have someone in mind or someone known
to them and haven't quite got around to it yet, i urge them to do it. it's been a terrific help and i'm not a vulnerable person in that way. this has been very, very moving for me and very confirming. tell me about that interview with christopher, someone who was a friend and colleague and someone we loved reading just intellectually active person. >> he died in front of us all and wrote about it, talked about it. this was a year before he died. the last thing i said when i left in his apartment over in washington, i said, let's do this again and i really thought maybe things would go well. and i was just ready to ask him to do it again a year later when he died. the fact he shared so much of what he was thinking and feeling in those last couple of years of his life was really the magic of why it was always interesting to interview him. >> another interview that comes
to mind more recently is charles kraut hammer, such a fascinating intellectual and talked to you on may 1st, 2005 before he had written about it more recently about his accident. everything is different about my life because of the accident. when i was in my teens i spent 80% of my waking hours doing sports. that doesn't happen anymore. there are a lot of things you lose but on the other hand everybody has their cross. mine was a difficult one. i never asked the question why me. why not me? we all have tragedietragedies. i got mine early and you do what you can with it. as we know, he was injured diving into a swimming pool when he was at harvard, harvard medical school after an accountive life and he is more active now in many ways than he could have imagined. >> he's a psychiatrist, by training, medical doctor. when he dove into the pool and hit his head, he knew that instant because of what he knew
about the body that the rest of his life he would be basically in a wheelchair, which is fascinating and he's gone on to make a big success out of what he's done in spite of it all. >> the best selling book and just seeing profiles on fox news and fox news sunday and did an hour on it that i was just glued to watching him drive to the ballpark. he's a big nats fan and seeing him drive and seen him on trains and managing all sorts of challenges that more able bodied people would find difficult. do you have -- people ask this and it's always difficult for all of us, do you have a favorite interview or group of people that come to mind? >> i don't have a favorite interview. i love interviewing historians, especially those that worked on a subd subject for many years. just completing his book on nelson rockefeller it's taken 14 years. when you talk to somebody like that, there's a lot going on in 14 years.
you can only get to so much of it in an hour and those are always quite rewarding. i hope they are for the audience. >> the book is rewarding and for anyone who doesn't watch on sunday now they have another reason too, sundays at eight. we can't imagine life before c-span, a remember the beginning days and when you first got into the senate. it transformed the public's access to what happens in washington and intellectual life of our country. thank you so much. >> thank you, andrea. >> more ahead when we return on qu"andrea mitchell reports." helps you be ready anytime the moment is right. cialis is also the only daily ed tablet approved to treat symptoms of bph, like needing to go frequently. tell your doctor about all your medical conditions and medicines, and ask if your heart is healthy enough for sex. do not take cialis if you take nitrates for chest pain, as it may cause an unsafe drop in blood pressure. do not drink alcohol in excess. side effects may include headache, upset stomach,
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